Photo: The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung
Direct from Colombia, the critically acclaimed musical sensation The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung (La mas grande historia jamas cantada) makes its New York premiere with four spellbinding performances September 21-23, 2012. Under the direction of Rob Barron and the artistic production of the renowned musical theater company Misi Producciones, this family-friendly spectacle spans the lesser-known years in Jesus Christ’s life. Combining dazzling choreography, original upbeat rhythms, and an energetic cast, a joyful and human image of Jesus emerges as the story of his life between childhood and early adulthood surfaces. The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung will play at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall (Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY) and performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
Written by Arturo Tovar, music and lyrics by Maria Isabel Murillo, The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung is sung entirely with foundations in original Latin rhythms combined with jazz, rock, and gospel and a chorus of children and adult ensemble. The Narrator is played by Mexican tenor Miguel angel Ramirez; Jesus, during his adult life, is played by actor Felipe Salazar; Mary is played by fine arts performer and singer Juliana Reyes; Joseph is singer Erwin Barrera; the male devil is played by both dancer/composer Jaime Ortiz and actor/dancer Juan Camilo Castillo, while pop singer Isa Mosquera plays the female devil. A total of 85 dancers, singers and actors, including 35 young performers ages 7 through 18, have more than 600 costumes designed by Colombian artisans, sculptors and artists while performing on a beautiful, crafted set that is enhanced by bold and contemporary lighting— everything that creates an epic and magic show that unfolds the richness of Colombian talent.
Maria Isabel Murillo Samper, director of Misi Producciones, music composer and co-author of The Most Amazing Story Ever Sung, states: “Part of the show’s appeal, and overall originality is its depiction of Jesus in a light that doesn’t represent any one philosophical figure in particular. He instead represents all of Humanity in its essence.”
Misi Producciones is the musical theater company with the most substantial theater productions in Colombia. The company, which has pioneered in Colombia’s performance arts, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Founded by the composer and musical teacher Maria Isabel Murillo, its two greatest foundations are: developing outstanding artists from an early age and producing original and universal musicals, one of them being the first authorized Spanish version of West Side Story, which was mentioned by Arthur Laurents in his autobiography.